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Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia's Smartphone Launch Bores the Big Apple

Nokia took over the Big Apple yesterday morning at their launch party, introducing the brand new Lumia 920 as well as the lower tier phone, the Lumia 820. Both of these phones operate on Microsoft Windows 8 and neither of the phone's prices were confirmed. Nokia's launching of the two phones didn't seem to impress Manhattan too much. In fact, some seem to be a bit weary of how the phones will compare to competitors. The phones don't appear to hold any weight as far as being impressive or different out on the market. The Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch... more »
Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

Mobile Revenue Will Soar for Facebook, Millennial Media and Mobile Social Media Revolution

According to eMarketer report cited in the Wall Street Journal, the mobile revolution will be a lift for Facebook.  Companies pioneering this effort like Millennial Media , Apple, and Google Admob will contribute to this new mobile platform trend. Despite worries about Facbeook's ability to make money from mobile devices, new research predicts the social network's U.S. mobile-advertising revenue will quintuple next year, catapulting it into the top ranks of the mobile-ad business, behind market leader Google. "We play a vital role in allowing developers and publishers to monetize their users and thrive in the growing mobile space," said Paul Palmieri, chief executive... more »
Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Future Big Data: Sport Analytics Gives Competitors An Edge

Some people like to say "it's the taking part that counts," but let's face it, that's crap. Competitive sports these days are all about the winning, with huge stacks of cash being the primary motivating factor. It’s true for athletes, coaches and team owners alike – sure, the 'taking part' might be 'nice', but the money that comes from actually winning is far more satisfying. With money being such a huge motivating factor in modern sports, teams and players will do whatever it takes to win. Sometimes, this means resorting to questionable methods like taking performance enhancing drugs, bribing officials, or just plain, outright... more »
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Amazon Gives NFL Fans a Glimpse of the Kindle Fire 2

Today’s mobile news roundup features: last night’s Kindle Fire sneak-peek; Samsung facing an antitrust probe in South Korea; Microsoft to hire 1000 people to boost mobile efforts in China; and Android ICS now in more devices. Kindle Fire 2 makes appearance at NFL If you watched the NFL season kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on NBC last night, you might have seen the Kindle Fire 2 which is set to be officially unveiled today.  The almost minute-long commercial features a lot of Amazon boxes being delivered but what stands out is the tablet used in the ad.  Based... more »
Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Anti-Piracy Groups Monitoring BitTorrent Swarms

Ever had that feeling that you’re being watched? Well, if you’re one of those people who likes to save on money by downloading torrent files, then your suspicions might just be correct. This is especially true if you happen to download your torrents from the popular file-sharing service BitTorrent, where researchers from Birmingham University have revealed that anyone who joins up with a swarm to download multimedia files is likely to show up on the radar of numerous copyright enforcement agencies that are closely monitoring the site. Presenting their findings at this week’s SecureComm conference in Padua, Italy, this week, the researchers... more »
HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

HP Releases Open Source webOS Beta for Developers

It has been a long and arduous road for webOS. The operating system that was once heralded as the savior of the dying Palm product line nearly almost died itself. But HP is attempting to breathe new life into webOS, and that began with the release of its code under an open source license. The newest build, now in Beta, is available for developers to test and contribute code. One of the useful features of this release is that developers can run it from the desktop, specifically within Ubuntu, which like webOS, is based on the Linux kernel and is open... more »
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Privacy the Forgotten Threat in Apple UDID Leaks - Apple Denies Info Share

Recent news emerged around the alleged AntiSec hacking of an FBI computer that leaked a revealing 1 million Apple product IDs and the threat of another 11 million on deck.  The FBI has apparently denied this has even happened, and yet a pretty stark element is being largely overlooked in all the reaction to this unfolding story.  That is that up until recently, there was a significant amount of tracking being done on Apple devices, including a wealth of personal information - all without user consent. Apple has chimed in with a denial of any sharing of information with the FBI... more »
State Governments Urged To Adopt Big Data Strategies

State Governments Urged To Adopt Big Data Strategies

IT experts are urging state governments to begin laying the foundations so that big data can be utilized for the public good at the earliest opportunity. The report, Is Big Data a Big Deal for State Governments?, was put out by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) last month, and advises states to create data governance policies and enterprise architecture as soon as possible, so that authorities can better utilize the big data generated by their agencies. According to the report’s authors, while there are some notable exceptions, state governments have largely failed to embrace big data, as they... more »
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Exclusive Interview: Nicira Martin Casado Presents Vision for Changing IT

Ed note: At the end of VMworld 2012 SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier and Wikibon Networking Analyst Stuart Miniman had an exclusive interview with Nicira Co-Founder and CTO Martin Casado in the SiliconAngle Cube. A pioneer in developing the key technologies in virtual networking, Casado is a visionary who seldom sits for interviews. In this rare event, he talks about the future of virtual networking and the virtual data center, what it means for the careers of IT professionals, Open Source versus Open Standards, the multi-hypervisor data center environment, and how reality is often confused with mis-perception in the media, including social... more »
Megaupload’s Downfall Impact Continues, Filesonic Goes Offline

Megaupload’s Downfall Impact Continues, Filesonic Goes Offline

Looks like Megaupload’s debacle and downfall is going to have strong aftermath for other file sharing and cyberlocker services. And this is evident from the ceased cyberlocker site Filesonic. Filesonic, which was listed among the top 10 largest file-sharing sites on the internet, got seriously affected by the shutdown of Megaupload. The site suddenly terminated its rewards program and third-party sharing, and lost huge amounts of traffic after the entire Megaupload scenario. Once having quarter billion page views a month, Filesonic’s Alexa graph showed drastic downfall in traffic this year, leading to sudden cease. Firstly, they terminated the personal revenue generation... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

CIO and senior IT executives should minimize investments in HDDs for latency storage investments going forward. Storage practitioners should focus on moving latency storage to flash, implementing a sound catalog strategy for the management of snapshots, and a strategy for linking to on-premise or cloud-based capacity resources. Any storage that involves assisting end-users and customers should be regarded as latency storage.

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.